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Manenberg: Gang activity affects service delivery

A construction company upgrading council houses pulled out over fears of gang shootings.

FILE. A construction company pulled out of upgrading council houses this week over fears of gang shootings. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town city bosses say they're worried ongoing gang violence in Manenberg is having a negative impact on service delivery.

It's been reported a local construction company, which was working in the area this week, pulled out over fears of gang shootings.

Contractors are completing upgrades to council houses in the gang-stricken area.

The City of Cape Town's housing Mayoral Committee Member Siyabulela Mamkeli says the shocking level of ongoing violence is hijacking residents' opportunities for a better quality of life.

Mamkeli has called on the police to increase efforts to address the scourge of gang related activity.

He says despite contractors being forced to work under extremely volatile conditions, the upgrades have been progressing well.

More than 1,200 of the almost 1,600 rental units earmarked for an upgrade, have been completed.

The overall completion date of the project is June 2015.